This is really the perfect way to make steaks and I’m very excited to share this recipe with you! I made these Filet Mignon steaks with Garlic Herb Butter in this exciting Hamilton Beach Professional Sous Vide and Slow Cooker. Several weeks ago, Hamilton Beach was kind enough to send me this combination Sous Vide and Slow Cooker to try out. I finally tried it this week and I am absolutely hooked. It was so easy to use and our steaks were perfectly cooked.
I wasn’t familiar with sous vide cooking beyond what I had seen on Top Chef:0) But I was really interested when Hamilton Beach told me they had an option for home cooks that was affordable and easy to use. The hallmark of sous vide cooking is that the meat, eggs or vegetables are cooked vacuumed sealed in a temperature controlled water bath. Since the temperature of the water never goes up, the food can’t be overcooked. A dream come true for cooking expensive steaks and cuts of meats.
I started with 1/2 pound Filet Mignon steaks. I seasoned them with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper and a tiny bit of garlic powder for flavor.
The Hamilton Beach Sous Vide also comes with a convenient metal rack that you can use to hold the steaks in place during cooking. I placed the rack, then filled the insert with warm water. I set the machine to 135 degrees (next time I will go a little lower) for medium rare and waited for the water to come up to temperature. Next, I placed each steak in it’s own quart size storage baggie.
I pressed most of the air out of the bag, leaving an open corner in the seal. Once I started to submerge the steaks, the water pressure pushed the rest of the air out of the baggie, then I sealed the bag. I put the lid on and cooked the steaks for an hour, the minimum cooking time. You can see above that I had initially set it for 1 1/2 hours, but since I was running short on time, I went with the minimum cooking time and it was perfect.
So you can get an idea of what to expect, I took a picture of the steaks right out of the water bath. They are perfectly cooked and tender, but missing that attractive crust from searing.
I seared mine in a super hot skillet to develop a nice crust on each side. Next time, I will undercook my steaks slightly so I don’t have to worry about the sear taking them to a higher temperature than I want. I prefer my steaks medium-rare and I think ours were coming closer to the medium side after the sear. I’m also going to try searing before next time, since the water bath will prevent them from over cooking.
These steaks were so delicious, juicy and evenly cooked. Sous vide is a really exciting method to explore as a home cook. If you are a food lover or have a spouse or loved one who loves to grill or cook, consider buying them one of these! It doubles as a slow cooker and is really pretty, so it’s practical and perfect for entertaining!
- 4 Filet Mignon Steaks about 1/2 pound each
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 clove of garlic finely minced
- 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
- 1-2 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- Season steaks to taste with salt, pepper and a small amount of garlic powder.
- Heat Sous Vide to temperature based on preference of doneness, from rare, medium-rare or medium. Refer to chart in directions for temp and time guidelines.
- If preference is medium-rare, heat water bath to 130 degrees to account for increase in temp during final searing and set timer for one hour.
- When water is heated, submerge steaks in plastic storage bag and seal.
- While steaks are cooking, prepare garlic butter.
- Mix softened butter with minced garlic, pinch of salt and parsley.
- Remove steaks from water bath after one hour.
- Heat cast iron skillet over high heat with 1-2 tablespoon of olive oil. Once oil is smoking, quickly sear steaks on each side. 30 second to 1 minute per side.
- Top steaks with butter compound, let rest and serve.
You can read more about the Hamilton Beach Professional 6QT Sous Vide and Slow Cooker on the Target product page where you can also purchase it. You can also learn more on the Hamilton Beach website. This is not a sponsored post, but I did receive this very cool appliance to review and share with my readers.
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